What if I can't afford to pay off my fines/fees?

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What if I can't afford to pay off my fines/fees?

We have a Fine Option Program available. If you are 14 or older, you may arrange to volunteer in the library in lieu of paying overdue charges. A credit of $5 is earned for each hour of designated volunteer work.

To qualify for the Fine Option Program, you must owe $10 or more on your individual library account.

Credit is applied only to the specific volunteer's account. Credit is not transferable to another patron's account.

To sign up for the program:

  • Ask a staff member at any Information Desk to review your account and confirm what fees qualify (only overdue charges qualify.)
  • Fill out a Volunteer Application with your availability, interests and contact information. Applications are also available at any Information Desk.
  • Turn in your Volunteer Application at any Information Desk.

What to expect:

  • The Volunteer Coordinator or another Library staff member will contact you for a training or work-time appointment 1-2 weeks after you turn in your Volunteer Application.
  • You will meet with a Library staff member who will train you and show you how to sign-in and track your volunteer hours worked.
  • The Library staff member will turn in your hours worked in a regular report.
  • The appropriate credit will be applied against your account. It may take up to a week for the report/credit to be processed.

We also have a Fine Option Program for Children and Teens: Read It Off.

If you are under 18 years of age and owe money on your account, you may arrange to "Read it Off." A credit of $5 can be earned for each use and return of designated Library material.

To qualify for Read It Off, you must owe $10 or more on your individual Library account.

Read it Off credit may be applied toward overdue charges and replacement costs.

Credit is applied only to the specific child/teen's account. Credit is not transferable to another patron's account.

Learn more and sign up for the program.